Electricity Tariff For Commercial, Industry Too Expensive - Opoku Prempeh
The Minister of Energy, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has suggested a change in Ghana’s current tariff structure to boost industrialisation in the country. According to him, the end-user tariff for commercial and industrial sectors of the economy are relatively higher and punitive when compared to tariffs in other developing countries such
as South Africa, South East Asia and La Cote D’Ivoire. Minister made these comments in a key note address during the PURC’s on-going stakeholders consultative engagements with the regulated public utilities, leading to the determination of a multi-year tariff. Dr. Opoku Prempeh also indicated that at a sub- regional level, a
comparison of electricity tariffs with neighbouring West African countries indicate that, the cost of power in Ghana also remains relatively expensive particularly for industry, which he said has adversely affected Ghana’s competitiveness given that cheaper power is a key determinant in attracting both domestic and Foreign
Direct Investment (FDI) inflows and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 7 and 3. This is particularly considering Ghana’s position with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Opoku Prempeh, charged the PURC to also among other things; to thoroughly scrutinise expenditure of the utilities in
order to minimise waste. He also urged the PURC come up with a band tariff classification, which will help to conserve energy, collapse the current tariff band and come up with a single tariff in each class of customers. The Minister also appealed to PURC to consider giving a special tariff for primary and second cycle schools, churches, mosques, agriculture, and agriculture-processing industries in the country.